Ronald F. Mair age 88, of Janesville, died on Monday, July 30, 2012, at Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center. He was born in Janesville on Sept. 21, 1923, the son of John and Ella (Murray) Mair. He served in the U.S. Navy from January 1944 through June 1946. He married Gale L. Loughead on Nov. 8, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Feb. 19, 1973, and after 36 years together, he married Charlotte Ceder on Feb. 14, 2012. He had been employed by General Motors for 30 years retiring on April 1, 1979. He was a lifelong devoted horse farmer.
He is survived by his wife, Charlotte Mair; his 5 children: Judy (Dale) Wenger of Cottage Grove, WI, Ronda Mair of Reedsburg, WI, Jim Mair of Garland, TX, Carol Mair of Spring Green, WI and Jeff (Lynn) Mair of Gratiot, WI; 4 step-children: Bob (Jamie) Kessenich of Evansville, WI, Howard Ceder of Stoughton, WI, John (Julie) Meister of Madison, WI, and Jim (Keri) Ceder of Waunakee, WI; brother, Tom (Rose) Mair of Janesville; and brother-in-law, Louis Alf of Beloit; 10 grandchildren and 7 step-grandchildren: Lisa Wenger, Tara (Rick) Cooley, Tony Namio, Wendy Namio, Lyn Wegner, Erik (Crystal) Schauer, Angie (Scott) Mueller, Jessica, Jennifer, and Jarrod Mair, Samantha and Jordan Kessenich, Ron and Jewel Ceder, Elodie Meister, and Madison and Emma Ceder; 18 great grandchildren: Bradley (Beth), Bryant and Brent Wegner, Meghan and Mason Fenton, Skye, and Reanna Schauer, Reid Mueller, Chase, Hope, and Angel Schauer, Alexis and Megan Kampen, Nala Cooley, Abigale, Maddie and Conner Grant-Namio, Samantha Namio, and great great grandson, Gavin Wegner; and numerous nieces, nephews, and great nieces, great nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Gale L. Mair; 2 great granddaughters, Gracie and Ella Cooley; 2 brothers, John and Robert; sister, Margaret Alf; and nephew, Bruce Alf.
A Funeral Service will be held 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY with Pastor Daniel Grimes. Interment will be in Emerald Grove Cemetery. A visitation will be held on Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00 p.m. at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME.
People say, "if you want to know anything about horses or horse drawn machinery, Ron was the guy to ask." Some people even refer to him as "The Professor." Ron had a love for draft horses, probably starting with his grandfather coming to the United States on a ship with Clydesdale horses for the McLay Bros of Janesville. He enjoyed doing many parades with the Miller Beer Wagon or his people hauler. He also did weddings, funerals, and gave rides at schools and company picnics. He also enjoyed watching RFDTV and spending time with his family. He will be missed by many.